Stephen Schoettmer looped a single into left field to provide XU with a game-winning walk-off RBI in the ninth inning of game one.
April 27, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier and Rhode Island split a Saturday afternoon doubleheader, with the Musketeers winning game one, 1-0, and the Rams taking game two in 13 innings, 6-2. XU stands at 23-19 overall, while URI is now 25-19. The two teams are tied at 10-5 in the Atlantic 10, but Xavier now holds the head-to-head tie breaker over Rhode Island after also winning Friday night's game.
The shutout win in game one was the second-straight for Xavier after XU defeated URI 2-0 on Friday night. The last time the Musketeers won consecutive-shutout games came in March of 2007 when Xavier held Saint Louis scoreless in 11-0 and 3-0 wins.
The Musketeers will have the week off for finals before traveling to Philadelphia for a weekend series at Saint Joseph's, beginning with a 3 p.m. first pitch on Friday.
Xavier took the opening game in dramatic walk-off fashion. Stephen Schoettmer delivered a one-out single to left field scoring the game's only run and lifted Xavier to a 1-0 victory.
Jake Forrester led off with an infield single deep in the hole between the shortstop and third baseman. Daniel Rizzie hit a high chopping ball to the third baseman, whose throw went high and to the fence. Forrester advanced to third on the error and Rizzie took second.
Schoettmer stepped up to the plate and battled to a full-count, fouling off several pitches from URI's reliever Brad Applin. Xavier's third baseman finally got the pitch he wanted and looped a single into short left field scoring Forrester and lifting XU to the 1-0 win.
Neither team got going offensively thanks to stellar pitching and great defense. Rhode Island appeared to have a great opportunity to score off of Xavier starter Scott Klever in the fourth. Klever responded by picking off two runners in the inning, one at second base and one at first base.
Xavier had a scoring chance in the seventh inning after loading the bases with just one out, but was unable to plate a run. Forrester was hit by a pitch and Rizzie drew a walk. Schoettmer delivered a looping single into centerfield to load the bags.
URI threatened again in the ninth, putting runners on the corners with two outs. But, Jacob Bodner slammed the door by striking out Kevin Stenhouse to set up the walk-off.
Bodner picked up the victory after working two innings in relief, improving to 3-1 on the season. Scott Klever opened the game on the mound for XU and worked seven innings allowing five hits and three walks. Klever struck out five batters and did not factor into the decision.
Applin was the hard luck loser for URI. Despite working two innings without giving up an earned run, Applin took the loss and fell to 1-1 on the season. Rhode Island's starter Sean Furney tossed 6.1 innings. He surrendered five hits and a walk, but struck out six Musketeers.
Rhode Island not only spoiled Xavier's bid for three-straight shutouts, the Rams kept the Musketeers from a series sweep with a 6-2 win in 13 innings.
After being shut out in each of the first two games, Rhode Island ended the scoreless stretch with two runs in the top of the first. The Rams connected on five hits in the opening stanza to grab the 2-0 lead.
URI and starting pitcher Steve Moyers seemed to be cruising until the seventh inning. Hasenbeck roped a double to left center before being replaced by Michael Moore to pinch run. Moore promptly stole third. Then, Joe Forney stepped to the plate and delivered a two-run blast to left field, evening the score at two.
The Musketeers put runners on base in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings, but were unable to produce a run. Forney singled in the tenth and advanced to second on sac bunt from Forrester. After Rizzie flied out for the second out of the inning, Schoettmer was intentionally walked. Chidemo struck out to end the threat.
Patrick Paligraf drew a walk in the 11th and Vinny Nittoli was hit by a pitch to give XU two base runners with a pair of outs. Paligraf and Nittoli advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Forney struck out to end another scoring chance.
The missed opportunities haunted Xavier, as Rhode Island came back in the top of the 13 to score four runs on three hits and an error. After URI loaded the bases with one out, XU looked to get out of the inning on a ground ball. However, an errant throw to second base by Chidemo allowed the tie-breaking run to score. Pat Quinn delivered a bases-clearing triple to give the Rams the 6-2 win.
Sean Campbell took the loss for Xavier, falling to 0-1 on the season. Tyler Koors worked the first eight innings, allowing just two runs on 11 hits and no walks. Koors fanned six batters. Alex Vice tossed four innings of relief and surrendered two hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Bobby Dean pitched the final 3.2 innings to earn the win for URI and improve to 3-1. Dean walked two batters and struck out five. Steve Moyers started for Rhode Island, throwing 8.2 innings and giving up two runs on five hits. Brendan Doonan also pitched for the Rams.